Do Try to Speak as We Do by Marjorie Leet Ford
The Diary of an American Au Pair

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It seems like the perfect job: an upper middle class English family desperately needs a nanny. The father is an aspiring novelist, the children are well-heeled, and the mother's accent radiates with charm over the transatlantic phone. So young Melissa jumps at the chance to travel overseas and live an aristocratic life of tea and crumpets. But her romantic notions are shattered when she becomes an unwitting target of the family's genteel snobbery, icy wrath, and ridiculous misunderstandings. Melissa's letters home cast a sharp eye and quick wit on the family's bizarre cast of friends and relatives, but she eventually learns that a little bit of understanding and tolerance can go a long way - and can even teach her more about herself.


About Marjorie Leet Ford

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Marjorie Leet Ford is a broadcaster and writer living in San Francisco. She conceived the long-running National Public Radio series "Tell Me a Story, traveling around the world to record great writers, including John Updike, Eudora Welty, Jamaica Kincaid, Raymond Carver, Roald Dahl, reading their short stories. She was also once herself an au pair in Britain.
Published March 12, 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though she loves the children, and admires Mr. Haig-Ereildoun, she is terrified of his wife, who makes her work long hours, and rants if she serves the children such American food as hamburgers or sandwiches, or uses American expressions.

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Mrs. H-E is impossible to please, constantly criticizing Melissa's American English, and she secretly seduces Melissa's friend Simon.

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